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DIY Wool Dryer Balls

A quick and easy way to use up leftover yarn and help reduce environmental impact of your laundry!
Prep Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Home
Cuisine: DIY
Keyword: laundry
Yield: 2 balls
Author: Stephanie Stanesby
Cost: $20


  • Washer and dryer


  • Wool Yarn
  • Tights or pantyhose
  • Scissors


  • Start by wrapping the yarn around a few fingers.
  • Remove the yarn from your fingers and start wrapping the yarn in the opposite direction.
  • Continue wrapping the yarn and the ball shape will start to form.
  • Keep wrapping until the ball is about the size of a tennis ball.
  • Place the yarn balls in the pantyhose or tights and knot.
  • Wash and dry the yarn balls with several loads of laundry until they are felted nicely.


To use your new wool dryer balls, remove them from the pantyhose and pop several of them in the dryer with your wet clothes before turning it on--the more, the better. If you'd like your laundry to be scented, you can even apply a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the balls before you use them.